CARDIN WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION TO U.S. SENATE: U.S. Sen. Ben L. Cardin will not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate after three terms, ending a career in public service that spanned more than half a century and opening up a potential scramble among politicians to replace him. Pamela Wood/The Baltimore Banner.
Cardin, 79, made the announcement in a video appearance alongside his wife, Myrna, while reflecting on his long tenure in public office. “Thank you, Marylanders,” he said. “Thank you for giving me the opportunity of my life to represent you in the United States Senate. I’ve given my heart and soul in trying to do my best.” Meagan Flynn/The Washington Post.
On Monday afternoon, Cardin issued a statement saying “I have run my last election” and stressing the importance of civility in American politics. “I am an optimist but also a realist. I was taught that it’s OK to compromise — don’t ever compromise your principles — but find a path to get things done,” his statement said. Jeff Barker/The Baltimore Sun.